Packers take UCLA defensive end Datone Jones at No. 26

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The Green Bay Packers elected to go back to the defensive line for the second straight year in a row by selecting UCLA defensive end Datone Jones with the 26th pick.

While last year’s selection, USC defensive end Nick Perry, was used in more of a standup linebacker role by the Packers last season, Jones is more likely to play with his hand on the ground. Jones could be a very solid fit for the Packers as an end in their 3-4 defense. At 6-foot-4, 283 pounds, Jones is a bigger end that can still pressure the quarterback.

Jones joins Jerel Worthy, C.J. Wilson and Mike Neal at the end position for Green Bay.

55 responses to “Packers take UCLA defensive end Datone Jones at No. 26

  1. He was #1 on my draft board. Another fantastic pick by Mr. Ted Thompson. WHo’s better? Noone that’s whow.

  2. Whew!
    Thinking Ted would wind up taking friggin’ Teo or something goofy…

    with the whole “Best Player Available” – I was concerned he’d wind up drafting Geno Smith or Teo…

  3. We just need him to bring some interior pass rush – bring back what Cullen Jenkins left with.

    Clay – Datone – Perry … nice trio, along with Neal/Daniels who both showed they can be somewhat productive as rotational pass rushers, gotta say I like our nickle front a lot better now.

  4. The Packers haven’t been as effective on the DL since Jenkins left.

    I believe this guy will do well. I also think that in the short term it helps add depth to the line with Worthy missing a chunk of the up coming season.

    In the long term with a healthy Worthy and Jones could be great. Even more so if they are able to resign Raji.

  5. I thought they’d take an o-lineman to help keep Rodgers off his back, but with so many holes to fill in a soft defense, they could have picked anyone and it would be an upgrade. First day of rookie hazing for this guy will be learning how to braid Clay’s hair.

  6. Argh. I HATE Bill Belichick right now. Does this guy understand that you need TALENT TO WIN GAMES? I am f—king sick and tired of coming up short. He has officially f—ked Tom Brady in the ass for the last 9 years.

  7. When TT says best available, I think he takes scheme into consideration.

    So for the 3-4 the Packers run, this guy was the best available.

    He drafts players that fit what the Packers do on the field.

    That’s why you don’t see them running to the FA pool after injuries start occurring, as they did last year in the secondary or LB core.

  8. Anyone else see the packers fan on espn with 7 and a half teeth yelling “go paaayyhhkhers” lol not hating just a funny stereotype that had to show the one guy, from Wisconsin to represent them all, even tho there are a lot of his kind at packer games

  9. patriots420 says:
    Apr 25, 2013 11:23 PM
    Anyone else see the packers fan on espn with 7 and a half teeth yelling “go paaayyhhkhers” lol not hating just a funny stereotype that had to show the one guy, from Wisconsin to represent them all, even tho there are a lot of his kind at packer games

    —-

    Martial law has messed this guy up.

    Never mind, not leaving his parents basement is normal.

  10. greengaypaqueers says:
    Apr 25, 2013 11:18 PM
    I thought they’d take an o-lineman to help keep Rodgers off his back, but with so many holes to fill in a soft defense, they could have picked anyone and it would be an upgrade. First day of rookie hazing for this guy will be learning how to braid Clay’s hair.

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    Your name is beyond offensive and not at all clever – grow up and find some class.

  11. axespray says:
    Apr 25, 2013 11:11 PM
    Whew!
    Thinking Ted would wind up taking friggin’ Teo or something goofy…

    with the whole “Best Player Available” – I was concerned he’d wind up drafting Geno Smith or Teo…
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    I feared the same thing lol,Thank God Ted T chose Datone Jones!

  12. @rajbais.

    Who mock drafts the real NFL draft? Are you that psyched for fantasy football that you’re pre-mocking the real draft.
    When it comes to die-hard fans, you sir, are in a class by yourself.

  13. I live in La Crosse Wisconsin, But I made so much fun of the Packers that It was almost an issue at the bar. Luckilly I was bigger than the Packer fans, so it didn’t matter. The pick of the Packers in the first round was terrible, justin harrell bad.

  14. Another great pic by the mad genius TT!

    Meanwhile, the Bears pick Kyle Long at #20? The man started four games at the FCS level. four…

    Loving it…

  15. Reap The World Wind Gentleman…

    Minnesota Reign is bringing the pain to anything wearing urine and booger stains. Three first round picks say it all, Purple Reign Bout to DOMINATE em all.

    So bring up the past and glory days of old. But the future belongs to MVPETERSON THE DON!..

  16. filthy has downs syndrome. Packers are screwed! NFC North will be completely different next year. Packers fans for sure have the retard stereotype, no doubt, lol.

  17. Last time I checked Packers are playing a 3-4 defense. Jones is more of a 4-3. I also thought they wanted big bodies not undersize. Too small foe Def end and too big for LB. Booooooo

  18. GenXJay says:
    Apr 25, 2013 11:53 PM
    Too many holes to plug in swiss cheese.Teo is more likely to be a Packer instead of a Viking…ha!

    And yet, the Packers dominate your squad every year.

    It won’t change with three rookies.

    You still have ponder, and–let’s face it–that’s the biggest joke of all.

    Enjoy your night.

  19. Great pick! I really like the way this guy looks. Carl G. and tokyosand: looking forward to some “tailgating” with you gents again.

  20. Kind of a ho-hum pick for the Packers. They need help on defense, maybe this guy will help upgrade the defensive line.

    Of course that’s what they drafted last year with Worthy and it didn’t work out.

    Grade: B

  21. Just hope he doesnt turn out to be a Harrel or Reynolds two of Teds huge failures.hope he trades up to get Lacy,they need a three down consistant great running back to help out the passing game and he is the one of the two best on the board.

  22. I was watching and half expected GB to trade down….

    I was expecting one of the QB wanting teams to trade back into the bottom of the 1st. I believed either GB or NE would have been keen to the idea.

    Overall I’m happy with the pick…

    And the even better? Tonight I don’t have to sit through some stupid “lego building block” analogy.

  23. coleman121280 says:Apr 26, 2013 12:15 AM

    Reap The World Wind Gentleman…

    Minnesota Reign is bringing the pain to anything wearing urine and booger stains. Three first round picks say it all, Purple Reign Bout to DOMINATE em all.

    So bring up the past and glory days of old. But the future belongs to MVPETERSON THE DON!..
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    Nice Moves by the Vikings? We will see. Neither the corner nor the receiver you took have first round grades…the reason Jennings left the Packers is because the ball was being spread around to much, now he has to share it not only with Peterson, but with Rudolph and a new first round receiver.

    As far as I can tell, the Packers have beat the vikings in 6 of the last 7 games they’ve played, including a play off game…..it’s just the draft, Champions aren’t crowned in April…..But then again what would any Vikings fan know about being crowned a champion?

  24. tokyosandblaster says:
    Apr 25, 2013 11:38 PM
    patriots420 says:
    Apr 25, 2013 11:23 PM
    Anyone else see the packers fan on espn with 7 and a half teeth yelling “go paaayyhhkhers” lol not hating just a funny stereotype that had to show the one guy, from Wisconsin to represent them all, even tho there are a lot of his kind at packer games

    —-

    Martial law has messed this guy up.

    Never mind, not leaving his parents basement is normal.

    ————–

    ? Are you talking about me or the packers fan on tv? I don’t know if that is a slight or you are in agreement with the packer fan. Don’t want to offend someone in agreement with me.

    I thought it was a slight but that was weak if aimed at me

  25. I don’t know what Viking fans are so happy about…. they gave up 4 picks for the for the 3rd WR taken. Looks like another Herschel Walker deal deal to me.

  26. billh1947 says: Apr 26, 2013 6:11 AM

    Just hope he doesnt turn out to be a Harrel or Reynolds two of Teds huge failures.
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    Jamal Reynolds was a Mike Sherman pick and well before Ted Thompson.

    Datone Jones does not has Harrell’s medical question marks. The 2010 broken foot is less scary than a repeatedly torn bicep + Back issues.

  27. Viking fan goes out and buys their first computer to celebrate their three first round picks love it..

    The paper champs blew all their kids college fund by buying a 400.00 labtop to let the world know they are superbowl bound without playing a down of football…

    Queens calm down

  28. Well if that’s the case, I guess its the niners or seahawks vs denver —- since both of them owned Green Bay last year.

  29. patriots420 says:
    Apr 25, 2013 11:23 PM
    Anyone else see the packers fan on espn with 7 and a half teeth yelling “go paaayyhhkhers” lol not hating just a funny stereotype that had to show the one guy, from Wisconsin to represent them all, even tho there are a lot of his kind at packer games

    —-

    He didn’t have 7 and a half teeth. He had a gap similar to Strahan. Nice try, but you are hating.

  30. Meh. I choose not to argue with ignorant fans like Vikings/lions.

    It’s beneath me, as a fan of the best franchise in the sport.

    The lions had “an amazing draft” then went 4-12.

    The difference between the packers and the rest of the NFC north is that the packers draft for depth, even in the first round. The Vikings are drafting starters because their players quite simply aren’t on the same level as the packers.

    Once you’ve cleared that whole Super Bowl hurdle, I might take you seriously. Until then, I’ll probably just continue to laugh at you.

  31. Mini did well on paper though I’m not totally sold on Cindarella Patterson. One year of big college ball and reportedly sort of a hammerhead.
    Oh well – Vikings are the off-season Super Bowl champs – AGAIN.
    Packers should add a couple more good players today. Not hoping for Lacy though – he’s got too many hard miles on him.

  32. FilthyHigh&mighty, “beneath?”
    c’mon now, between your lousy lines of comment, you like the Vikings.
    They sail the sea of cheese twice a season. & every meeting a tiny purple flame ignites in that Limburger heart of yours.

  33. deltaoracle says: Apr 26, 2013 4:23 PM

    Oh well – Vikings are the off-season Super Bowl champs – AGAIN.
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    Indeed…and they award themselves a “Bud Grant” Trophy, a cup filled with empty cigar wrappers. 😉

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